Saudi Man Who Set Off FBI Investigation May Have Al-Qaida Ties

A Saudi man who set off an FBI investigation after he and his family left their Sarasota, Fla. home and relocated abroad two weeks before the 9/11 attacks apparently considered terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden a "hero" and may have been acquainted with some of the plane hijackers, an informant told the FBI in 2004. According to NBC News, the informant told authorities that the Saudi, Abdulazziz al-Hijji, may have been involved in the 9/11 plot and maintained a personal relationship with Adnan El Shukrijumah, a suspected al-Qaida operative. Al-Hijji currently lives in London, where he works for Aramco Overseas, the European subsidiary of the Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco.

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